A JOINT contract has been awarded to Biffa Waste Services as part of plans to merge council services in South Warwickshire.
Starting in August 2022, the new service will include the introduction of a ‘123+ system’, with separate weekly food waste collections, fortnightly co-mingled dry recycling collections and three-weekly residual waste collections, with the aim of reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Warwick District Council’s spokesman for the environment Alan Rhead said: “We’re very pleased to have awarded this contract to Biffa who have a strong track record in waste management throughout the UK and have demonstrated their commitment to improving recycling rates and providing households across both districts with an easy, efficient and reliable service.
“As part of this new contract, we are also working with our neighbouring councils to utilise the new state of the art material recovery facility currently under construction, which will make a real difference to the recycling capabilities of our region.”
Stratford District Council spokesman for climate change Coun Ian Shenton added: “The new contract with Biffa also brings significant environmental benefits to our area, with the use of more energy efficient vehicles and smarter routing as well as changes to food waste collection processes which will reduce the volume of harmful greenhouse gases entering our waste streams.”
The contract is part of wider plans to create a new authority covering South Warwickshire by 2024.
It follows an independent report which found a ‘strong strategic, economic, financial and operational case for merging’ including estimated financial losses of around £4-6million per year by 2025.